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Tom Hammick studied art history at Manchester University (1982-85), and Camberwell School of Art, London (1987-92) gaining a degree in Fine Art and an MA in Printmaking. He is currently senior lecturer in Fine Art, Painting & Printmaking at University of Brighton.
In 2019 Tom Hammick collaborated with award winning writer Adam Nicolson on "The Making of Poetry". The book looks at an important year (1797-8) in the Quantock Hills, Somerset, when Coleridge and Wordsworth created some of their seminal works. Tom Hammick created 35 reduction woodcuts to illustrate the book, using wood cut from the Quantock Hills.
He received a Winston Churchill Fellowship (1998), a Robert Fraser Award (1999) and was a prizewinner in The Sussex Open (2003) and also the Jerwood Prize (2004). He won the Monotype Prize at Originals 09, London (2007), The Nexus Prize (2009) and the V&A Award at the International Print Bienalle, Newcastle (2016).
In recent years he has been Artist in Residence at Aldeburgh Music Festival, Snape Maltings (2018); Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen (2017); the ENO, London (2014 & 2015); St. John's Printshop, St. John's, New Foundland, Canada (2014); International Scuola de Grafica, Venice, Italy (2014); Glyndebourne (2007, 2009 & 2010); and Charleston (2008).
His printmaking output includes etching (with acquatint, chin colle, sugalift), reduction woodcut sometimes with hand colouring and often in "edition variable".
His solo shows include Flowers (London and New york); Galerie Prodromus, Paris; The Eagle Gallery, London; Brighton Museum; The Redfern Gallery, London; Terrestial, Northern Print, Newcastle; Atlantic Provinces, Paul Kane, Dublin, Ireland; and Studio 21, N.S. Canada.
His work has been in many group shows including The Hunting Prize, Royal College of Art, London (1997,2002,2003,2004); Jerwood Drawing Prize (2000, 2001, 2004); The Royal Academy Summer Show (2004, 2005, 2008 to 2017 inc). He was shortlisted for the Threadneedle Prize (2011, 2012 & 2013) and the Daiwa Foundation Prize (2012).
His work is held in various public and private collections worldwide, including The British Museum; The Library of Congress Print Collection, USA; Yale Centre for British Art, USA, Deutsche Bank; De Beers; ING Barings; Arthur Anderson; British Arts Council and The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Canada.